NFCU Issuing New Credit Cards

April 03, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A friend who works for Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) just told me that I should be expecting new credit cards in the mail relatively soon.  I asked if they would be chip-and-PIN cards, and she … [Read more...]

Army, Kids & Deployment: $50 Survey

February 24, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If you're an Army spouse with children currently ages 3 to 7 years old, researchers at Wayne State University would like your input into a survey assessing the role of parental deployment on parent … [Read more...]

Travel Reg Changes Affect Long Trips

October 13, 2014 | Kate Horrell

If your job sends you on long-term temporary duty, changes to the travel regulations will impact your reimbursements, especially when that temporary duty (TDY) exceeds 30 days.  They all seem like … [Read more...]

Imminent Danger Pay Areas Revised

January 13, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Effective 1 June 2014, there is a revision to the list of approved areas the areas for which troops are eligible to receive Imminent Danger Pay (IDP). The following areas will be removed from the … [Read more...]

Free APO/FPO Shipping From Hickory Farms

December 10, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Mmmmm, who doesn't love a good summer sausage?  If you are looking for a good gift to send downrange or overseas, consider that Hickory Farms offers free shipping on selected products that are sent … [Read more...]

Operation Purple Family Retreat

December 08, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Has someone in your family returned from a deployment within the last year?  Then you are eligible to apply for the National Military Family Association (NMFA)'s Operation Purple Family Retreat held … [Read more...]

USAA, Deployment, and Foreign Transaction Fees

March 15, 2012 | Kate Horrell

Because they are awesome, USAA offers a wide variety of benefits to help military service members and their families during a deployment.  I just recently learned of one new benefit that is pretty … [Read more...]

Powers of Attorney

February 04, 2012 | Kate Horrell

If you've ever sat through a pre-deployment legal brief, you've heard the mandate:  Make sure your spouse (or whomever is handling your financial affairs) has a power of attorney.  Sounds simple … [Read more...]

Free Books for Military Families

August 02, 2011 | Kate Horrell

Wow!  What an awesome silver lining!  Just today, I discovered that MilitaryOneSource had discontinued their popular free book program, and then I discover that Operation Paperback, in conjunction … [Read more...]

You Should Contribute to A Roth IRA While You Are In A Combat Zone

July 03, 2011 | Kate Horrell

 Update:  The importance of funding a Roth IRA while in a tax-exempt combat zone has change since the introduction of the Roth TSP option.  The Roth TSP has different rules than a Roth IRA, … [Read more...]

Special Pays: Pro-Rated or Whole Month

June 19, 2011 | Kate Horrell

I've had a few questions lately regarding which special pays are paid by the month, and which ones are pro-rated by the number of days that the pay applies.  I've tried to put together a list - … [Read more...]

American Red Cross Streamlines Emergency Notification System With Single Number

June 07, 2011 | Kate Horrell

Effective 13 June 2011, military families will only need to remember one toll-free number to access the American Red Cross' emergency notification services.  Rather than keeping track of a local … [Read more...]

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

April 08, 2011 | Kate Horrell

Throughout the conversations on a possible government shutdown, I've heard several people mention the protections afforded under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA.)  The SCRA provides … [Read more...]

Operation Purple Camp Registration Open

April 01, 2011 | Kate Horrell

The application period is now open for the National Military Family Association's traditional Operation Purple summer camp program.  Operation Purple camps are free camps for military children.  … [Read more...]